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FrenchEntrée Property Tips Webinars – Buying in France before Brexit. Dreaming of owning a property in France, but unsure on what you need to know pre Brexit? Following on from the success of the first webinar (which is now available

Ask the Experts: Getting a Handle on Mortgages

Securing a mortgage in France doesn’t have to be difficult and can be more cost-effective than paying for your property in cash FrenchEntrée Property Director Alistair Lockhart advises prospective buyers on the best way to secure a mortgage and get

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View from the Immobilier: Freddy Rueda

This week we hear from a longstanding partner of FrenchEntrée, Freddy Rueda of Real Estate Languedoc. We’ve been working with Freddy for a number of years now, marketing his fantastic properties in the Languedoc region to our international readers. Freddy’s

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Rules Changes Are Good News for Co-propriété Owners

On June 1, a series of measures adopted by law last October will come into force, changing certain rules governing the management of co-propriétés (co-ownerships such as in apartments buildings). Many of the old laws had been in place since

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How has COVID-19 affected the French Mortgage market?

We continue to be contacted daily by prospective British and International French property buyers to understand what their borrowing capacity is in France. In short, the mortgage market has constricted slightly since the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, but brokers and

April and Don Baggs

View from the Vendor: Live Virtual Viewings

April and Don Baggs are a semi-retired British couple living in Normandy wanting to move to the beautiful upper Dordogne valley in Corrèze, to replicate the landscape of the lower Wye Valley, from whence they came. They share their experience

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Are Interest-Only Mortgages Available in France?

We’ve spoken to several clients over the last few weeks who are keen to understand more about interest-only mortgages in France. In many countries, including the UK, an interest-only mortgage is a cost-effective way to borrow, and works particularly well

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Property Buying Deposits

Who keeps the money if the sale falls though? When purchasing property in France, two contracts will be signed and upon the signature of the first, the purchaser will pay into a notary’s account a deposit which will either be

French Buyers Convinced of Post-Covid Property Price Drop

French people are confident not only that they will soon complete their current property buying or selling project, but that house prices in France will drop once lockdown ends. Consortium Immobilier conducted a survey on a panel of 1,219 people

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Planning Your Transaction in These Uncertain Times

The CV19 crisis has left thousands of overseas property transactions in standby. Notaires and Estate agents are closed or working only in specific and urgent transactions. You might have found the property of your dreams in France but now you

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Longing for Les Montagnes: Valerie’s Story

Valerie Marsden-Holmes tells Sylvia Edwards Davis how she and husband Richard fell head over heels for an 18th-century Gascon farmhouse with breathtaking views of the Pyrénées. Meet the Movers NAMES: Valerie and Richard Marsden- Holmes BOUGHT IN: 2011 MOVED FROM: Lincolnshire MOVED TO: Gers

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A Letter from Our FrenchEntrée Property Team

Dear FrenchEntrée Clients, Members and Readers, In these unprecedented times, with Coronavirus impacting on all of our personal and professional lives, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We also wanted to let you know

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Surveying Q&A: Costs, Quotes and Finding a Surveyor

Finding a qualified chartered surveyor in France doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase says John Snell Q. How do I find a good surveyor in France? A. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has a global presence and

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Wine and More in Côte-d’Or

In the heart of Burgundy’s wine country, this sun-dappled département boasts some of the most achingly pretty towns and villages in the region – all knitted together by gorgeous vineyards, says Dominic Bliss They are some of the greatest names

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Property Q&A: Builders, Holiday Lets and Language Barriers

The FrenchEntrée Property Team answers your questions Q.  I am looking at properties in Paris and my agent is recommending I sign a ‘Search Mandate’. What is this, and what are the pros/cons of such an arrangement?  A. In some markets,

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Interiors Case Study: The Perfect Marriage

Armed with fabulous antiques, and tenacity, Rosemary and Richard Conquest turned a dilapidated 15th-century manor into a wedding venue fit for royalty. Greg Cook has a nose around. You know you’ve created something special when visitors to your new home

Life in the Slow Lane – Buying in Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc

First lured to Gironde by friends, Brooklyn-based journalist Yolanda Edwards was seduced by Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc’s moreish fare, wine and relaxed pace of life… Why did you choose Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc? We live permanently in Brooklyn, New York, but our second home is in

Ask the Experts: Putting Your House in Order

Laura Habgood shares handy tips to maximise rental income in both high and low season Laura Habgood of Holiday France Direct specialises in summer lets. She advises landlords on the best way to manage their properties and how to advertise

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Renovation Case Study: Through the Mill

Restoring a derelict paper mill in Dordogne would terrify many; yet the Randalls have not only tamed this property, they’ve transformed it into a stunning luxury residence. Greg Cook gets the grand tour… It’s becoming an established fact that the

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Bag a Bargain: Shoestring Stunner

A snip at just over €250,000, this six-bedroom maison de maître in Haute-Vienne has buckets of charm – and then some… Stylish wainscoting, check. Warm, muted tones, check. Marble flooring, check. Recently restored to its former glory, this maison de

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Buying in Languedoc-Roussillon

Perhaps you dream of owning a place on the Med, where you can sit and watch the sun go down, sipping a glass of wine as you look out over your very own expanse of aquamarine heaven. Maybe you hanker

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Buying Hotspots: Thuir

Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie Thuir is many things: a proud part of Catalan country; home of the famous Caves Byrrh; and an altogether attractive southern town, tinged with the dusty red hues of the sun-kissed Pyrénées-Orientales. For prospective homeowners, it offers up

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Buying Hotspots: Vence

Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur First things first: Vence is not to be confused with its next-door neighbour Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the better-known of the pair. It’s an easy mistake to make… After all, they’re both medieval hilltop towns, sound similar and sit just

Expat News: British Invasion

Once again, Britons have topped the number of foreign buyers in France, despite the growing uncertainty surrounding Brexit… British buyers accounted for 27 per cent of all purchases by non-residents in 2018, according to a new report by BNP Paribas

A Jussey Bargain

A “deserted” village in Haute-Saône is selling 24 vacant homes, derelict apartments and empty shops for a song in a bid to rejuvenate its fast-dwindling community. Desperate to entice fresh blood to an area where more than 22 per cent

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Top of the Crop: Live Well for Less

Yearning for that elusive double-whammy: affordable housing and attractive job prospects? Look no further than Besançon. According to Le Parisien, the capital of the Doubs département has it all (and then some), making it the best city to live and

Escape the Crowds in Limousin

Cows outnumber people in the rolling countryside of Limousin, making it the perfect spot for Britons in search of a second property where they can really get away from it all, says Dominic Bliss. The good old farmers of Limousin

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Property Showdown: Yvelines VS Hauts-de-Seine

Which of these urban beauties on Paris’s doorstep, both with wonderful green spaces, would you pick? Yvelines For a right royal property hunt, head to Yvelines in the Île-deFrance, west of Hauts-de-Seine. It’s home to some aristocratic hard-hitters – not

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Interiors Case Study: House of Fun

Six years ago, David Reid and Kate Wilde quit the UK for Provence. With a flair for design, they set about creating a wonderfully quirky family home – fun being their top priority, says Nicola Venning “I do love a